Kirstie's Trail, Barr

Beautifully scenic forestry tracks take you along to Kirstie’s Cairn, a memorial to young local farmer Christopher McTaggart who lost his life there in a blizzard in 1913.

Technical sheet
No. 21791238
A South Ayrshire walk posted on 09/05/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 10/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 5.95mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 456ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 456ft
Highest point Highest point : 801ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 344ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : South Ayrshire
Starting point Starting point : N 55.210643° / W 4.711892°
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Forestry Track Kirstie's Cairn


(D/A) Barr Village Hall (KA26 9TW)

Head East from the parking area opposite Barr Village Hall.

At a bend in the road keep right to continue ahead (South East) onto Changue Road, passing Barr Primary School.

(1) Approx 1.7km along from the start you will reach a fork at a way marker - keep left (South East) following the directional way marker for “The Devil’s Trail, Kirstie’s Trail, Changue Forestry Trail”.

Continue along the forestry track with the Water of Gregg initially on your left-hand side before switching to your right-hand side approx 1km along.

(2) After 3km turn right (South) at a small pond. Just past the pond turn right again onto a narrower footpath. There is a small stream to cross (may be tricky when in spate).

(3) You will find Kirstie’s Cairn at the other side of the gate.

Return via the same route to arrive back at Barr Village Hall ((D/A))

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 344ft - Barr Village Hall
1 : mi 1.07 - alt. 492ft - Fork at way marker
2 : mi 2.92 - alt. 791ft - Pond
3 : mi 2.98 - alt. 801ft - Kirstie's Cairn
D/A : mi 5.95 - alt. 344ft - Barr Village Hall

Useful Information

For more info and a walk report visit Gillian's Walks.

Walk can also be started from the Barr Trails Car Park, just off Changue Road (KA26 9TT) which shortens it by around 2km.


  • Toilets inside Barr Village Hall
  • If you contact the Village Community Association in advance, food/refreshments can be arranged for groups of walkers. Call 01465 861 062 or contact the village Facebook page.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Kirstie's Cairn - Kirstie was the nickname of Chrisptoher McTaggart, a 19 year old shepherd who sadly lost his life here in the winter of 1913 whilst tending to his sheep.
  • There are many other walking trails to try all starting from Barr Trails Car Park. Each one is way marked using different coloured arrows.

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